Penn Students Tear-Down Shakespeare Portrait "To Affirm More Inclusive Mission"

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Students at the University of Pennsylvania removed a portrait of Shakespeare from a prominent location in the school’s English department after complaining that he did not represent a diverse range of writers.

In fact, the chair of the department confirmed in a statement that the portrait was stripped from the wall by his students as “a way of affirming their commitment to a more inclusive mission for the English department,” The Daily Pennsylvanian reports.

Additionally, Department Chair Jed Esty explained that the portrait was “delivered” to his office and replaced with a photograph of Audre Lorde, a celebrated African American feminist and author, in a move that was intended to send a message to Esty, whose department agreed to replace the portrait several years ago.

Esty went on to confirm that the portrait of Lorde will remain in Shakespeare’s place until he and his colleagues can reach an agreement on what to do next, announcing the establishment of a “working group” to help monitor the process.

According to a statement released by the school’s English department, the working group will help “declare and defend [its] departmental mission in the current political climate,” with Esty noting that the group will “initiate an open and collaborative conversation among students, faculty, and employees in English to come up with ideas for that public space.”

Notably, the school’s “Code of Student Conduct” explicitly prohibits students from “stealing, damaging, defacing, or misusing the property or facilities of the university or of others.”

Campus Reform reached out to the school for a comment on the matter, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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NOZZLE's picture

AnalPennatration  State, The home of Jerkpa and Coach  AssPoundski

stinkhammer's picture

" This above all: to thine ownself be true. And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”


ya fucking snowflakes

underman's picture

Why do I suspect this is not rock fucking bottom?

Pladizow's picture

To be or not to be - a butt hurt snowflake.

38BWD22's picture



I'm just really glad to NOT be a Millennial...

USisCorrupt's picture

Baby Sitters are MUCH cheaper than sending your kid to College in hopes of getting a job that no longer exist.

American Psycho's picture

The inmates are really running the asylum. 

Citxmech's picture

So, "Diversity" means removing all referance to anybody white.

Got it.

Twee Surgeon's picture

This reminds me of the ancient wisdom of Spook Noggy Dog, " Thee shnizzel is the menizzl, I got out in the drizzle, lost my pipe but dat all right, I got some fake pazzizle." Dey rite for tearin down dat bald headed honky mo-fo.

Billy the Poet's picture

O brave new world, that has such people in it!

weburke's picture

they know nothing about him of course, his library right next to congress is there because he wrote key portions of the bible. 

Twee Surgeon's picture

Bullshit of the third kind, that is quite rare, can you spell Gematria ?

SafelyGraze's picture

this story is total crazy-land.

as all of us who read haaretz know, shakepeare was a woman.

frenzic's picture

that's two hasbra downvotes but no text

Pope Clement's picture

Amelia Bassano bitchez. When Joe Atwill's scholarship becomes more widely known it will radically alter the common perception of history, Christianity and mind control methods....See 'Shakespeare's Secret Messiah'.

CheapBastard's picture
Muslim Migrants Attack French Family in Calais


Coming soon to a town near you.

JamesBond's picture

The definition of inclusion isn't subtraction, its addition.  You don't tear down things, you keep adding to ones already there.


Not a common philosophy among the collegiate today, though.



Cynicles's picture

 is, and it is all about tearing things down, be they structures or structural.

If only they read a little bit of history they might be able to learn from the past. Obviously, they read neither Shakespeare nor anything constructive.

fleur de lis's picture

UPenn has way too much money and nothing to show for it.

Their best days are behind them and won't come back.

The brats who are running wild on campus and squandering the taxpayers money will have nothing to show for their diplomas, either.

That university and most of the others should have their overrated faculties and vapid student populations cut in half. 

The intellectual output would not be affected.

Same percentage of idiots on a smaller scale.

And it would save a nice chunk of tax money.

ACES FULL's picture

This is about eliminating White males from society, history, relevance etc. Not gonna work out well in the end. For the ones trying to do the eliminating, that is.

Blankone's picture

They took South Africa, even got the whites to go along with it before it really go ugly.  I know the numbers are not the same here but it does show how it can occur.

ACES FULL's picture

Numbers, 2nd Amendment and attitude are a whole different ballgame.

underman's picture

"If only they read a little bit of history they might be able to learn from the past."

Useful idiots.

Escapeclaws's picture

God bless the black guy who protected the family and forestalled the violence.

Slomotrainwreck's picture

To be or not to be -

Great choice for hanging on the wall. I recall my senior play was her famous ... ummm, wait, what? Oh ... that was Shakespeare. She was too young then to be in the history/literature books.

Her famous book - "Zami: A New Spelling of My Name" [Wikipedia] pub. 1982 (48 years old.)


Major themes

Lesbianism. The book describes the way lesbians lived in New York City, Connecticut and Mexico during the years spanned in the book.

Racism. The landlord who hangs himself, the ice-cream episode in Washington D.C., the increased suspicion during the McCarthy era all contribute to highlight the theme of racism.

The mother. Audre's difficult relationship with her mother, whom she credits for imbuing her with a certain sense of strength, pervades throughout the book.


There you have it folks, a representative of centuries of literature. "Her refusal to be placed in a particular category, whether social or literary, was characteristic of her determination to come across as an individual rather than a stereotype." - but can't see white / men in the same light.

hannah's picture

picture in your mind the images of stalingrad and berlin in 1945. bombed out with house to house picture adding 20 million snowflakes. when ww3 starts it is going to be a shitshow for sure....

PTR's picture

Why do I suspect this is not rock fucking bottom?

Because it's not completely farcical yet.

silverer's picture

Might as well get rid of Isaac Newton, Kepler, Einstein, Pasteur, and all the others while you're at it, because they weren't sitting at big round tables writing about other people's science. WTF?

Pope Clement's picture

Pasteur recanted his bullshit germ theory on his deathbed so dump him and Einstein who was deified by the NYT most likely due to his ardent Zionism was considered a second rate scientist by Oppenheimer and others. Albert's bull shit theories are largely responsible for the derailment of fundamental advances in physics for a century, dump him too.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Because it won't be.  

For example, Stalin killed over 6,000 scientists because they didn't believe nature was communist. 

See, here.

Another great example is sluggish Schizophrenia.  In this case if you didn't completele agree with Communism, you were considered mentally defective and could be shipped to a mental institution and be lobotomized. 


effendi's picture

Of course it is not rock fucking bottom. These little shitters are like the little red book waving mindless gooks in the 1960s Red China. They will keep this shit up until they toss a few professors out of windows, send others to re-education camps (Joy Through Labour FEMA camps) and replace the English department with the Ebonics department. Edit to add, just saw a couple of other posters also thought of 1960s China as well as Ebonics.

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HRH Feant (not verified) stinkhammer Dec 13, 2016 12:00 AM

As a long time Trekkie fan, this is my favorite quote, from Hamlet, Act III, Scene I (

"But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovered country from whose bourn 13
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have 88
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought, 14 92
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.—Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons 96
Be all my sins rememb’red."


ebworthen's picture

Oh Hell No!  Shakespeare is the epitome of Western Civilization!

If you want to be a dope and wear a burka and oppress Women go to the Middle East.

If you want to be real stay here and allow freedom of speech and recognize greatness when you see it!

Richard Head's picture

That's Penn State, not Upenn, genius.

Raffie's picture

Fukn retarded kids now days.

They are paying a school to train them to become under educated and ignorant.

Whats next? Remove the WHITE crayon out of the pack because they feel its racist?

I do hope Jan 20th all the protesters get thrown a curb party.

2016 will be the toughest year to decide who gets the DARWIN AWARD. So much competition out there.

I know if Shakespeare was a gay black man BUT still wrote they way he did it would be ok with the mentally impaired snowflakes.

Cynicles's picture

might happen sooner pending 12/19

underman's picture

Peak college campuses.  Peak student loans.  Peak snowflakes.  Peak liberals.  We can only hope.

Pope Clement's picture

As hinted at above, the principal Shake-spear author was a moorish dark complected jewish woman who was the mistress of the royal who owned the globe theater and acting troupe. So she may yet be rehabilitated.., check out the YouTubes on Shakespeare's Secret Messiah.

chiquita's picture

Um, wrong school... University of Pennsylvania is the elite Ivy League private institution from which the Trumps graduated and Penn State is the home of JerkPA and AssPoundski.  UPenn is notorious for its own problems, which includes shit like English majors deciding studying Shakespeare isn't as important as studying some unknown, soon to be forgotten Afro-American wanna-be writer.  Disgusting!  As with any discipline, you have to walk before you run, but these snowflakes think they can dictate everything, including what they learn.  I guess we'll see how that works out for them when they figure out they haven't learned much.

wisehiney's picture

"Now is the winter of our discontent".

Omen IV's picture

"school’s English department, the working group will help “declare and defend [its] departmental mission in the current political climate"

why not change the mission from the English Department to the EUBONICS DEPARTMENT

we dont need no stinkin english - Eubonics will get you a real job in the right neighborhood

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Dec 12, 2016 11:21 PM

Of course these assholes don't think the rules about conduct apply to them. Which is why they will not be hired if they graduate. No one wants to hire a whiner that hates history.

Walken's picture

You know, all this shit is starting to look like Chinese Cultural Revolution in the 60-70's under Chairman Mao. So many similarities. 

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HRH Feant (not verified) Walken Dec 12, 2016 11:23 PM

Which fucking commie asshat thought it was a good idea to punish people that wore eyeglasses? Wasn't that Pol Pot? Talk about being bat shit fucking cray cray.

38BWD22's picture



Yes, Pol Pot.  You were killed or put to work if they heard you speak French (their ex-colonizer) as well.